Apathy does not deserve your vote
Published 12:49 am Sunday, November 5, 2017
As elections go, Tuesday’s special county election is far from dramatic or even terribly interesting.
The positions on the ballot are important, but more administrative than limelight ones.
Voters in the southern part of the county will elect a new Adams County Justice Court Judge for the southern district.
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Five people are seeking the seat vacated by retiring judge Charlie Vess. Although many people look at the Justice Court Judge position and believe the role is one that can help “throw the book” at criminals, that’s a bit of a misnomer.
Justice court is mostly a small claims type of court with felonies passing through to receive bond before headed to circuit court.
That’s not to belittle the role. Having someone in that seat that believes in fair, but firm criminal bonds is critical.
Also on the ballot will be the county prosecuting attorney. Again, this may be easily confused with the district attorney’s office that handles most felony cases. The county prosecutor mostly served to litigate smaller matters that come before justice court.
And finally an unopposed election commissioner will be on the ballot as well.
Tuesday’s election may not be a high profile one filled with intrigue, but the people being elected serve critical roles in our justice system and ultimately our society.
Please don’t let apathy cause you not to vote on Tuesday. Let’s all go to the polls and make this election one for the record books.